Archive for July, 2011

Sunday and Stuff

Posted: July 29, 2011 in Community, Missions, news


Sunday we will hear from Christy Martin, and hopefully the Clippards about their trip to Swaziland.  I think it is always good to hear personal experiences and testimony of how God has been working in people, and He clearly led them to Africa…He used them while they were there, and he touched their hearts.  It will be good to hear their story, and be challegned to go as well.

I will be at a family reunion (rather be with you all!).  When the group is done sharing about their trip to Africa, I thought it would be good to have a prayer time for Swaziland, as well as praying that there will be more laborers for Christ.   Bro. Mark, the Ogburns, and myself are going to Tanzania in February and cannot wait!  I know others have been abroad as well.  Some (Underwoods and Lancasters) are adopting the mission field.  Awesome!  If you have never have been on a mission trip, try starting here.

Also, please remember to pray for Barb Crain and my mom as they battle cancer (BTW, my mom and dad went to church in Jackson TN Sunday—mom has read all of Matthew and has started John…she asked me, “Is that the best one?”…great stuff)

And remember August 7th—Kurt Lancaster and Michael Wilson are starting a new class that will meet at 9:00.  We are moving to 9:00 am worship.  No more showing up at 9:15!

Also, remember Christy Brey’s plea for help in the preschool area—-Sherry Ford told me after class she has accepted the call to preschool.  Good goin’ Sherry.  Will keep you in the loop.

Will miss you all Sunday….see you on the 7th.



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Posted: July 26, 2011 in Discipleship

Looking for a good book?  Here is one for you.  Only 61 pages—that is a booklet!

And it is cheap….got it on itunes for $4—or $5, can’t remember.

The book is by R.C. Sproul, who can be heavy at times, but in this book, is very to the point.

Here are some of the highlights so far….

“We are justified by faith alone but not by faith that is alone”

“Making a decision to follow Jesus has never converted anyone  This is because it is not a decision that converts a person; it is the power of the Holy Spirit that does so.  We get into the kingdom not because we make a decision, walk down an aisle, raise a hand, or sign a card.  We get into the kingdom because their is true faith in our hearts.

Check it out.


Something Unique

Posted: July 21, 2011 in Discipleship








If anyone is looking for something to study, thinking about a good study to go through with your spouse, or looking for some discipleship material with a friend….then check out for some good material.

The material is from an event that David Platt (author of Radical) does a few times a year called Secret Church—a 6 hour time when they pray for persecuted churches and study the Word for a long time—much like “secret” churches do in persecuted areas.

There are studies on survey of the Old and New Testament, How to Study the Bible, Who is God, Exploring the Holy Spirit, The Cross of Christ, Angels-Demons & Spiritual Warfare, The Gospel-Prosperity & Possessions, The Body of Christ, and Crucifixion, Salvation, and the Glory of God.  You can buy CD’s, DVD’s, Study Guides (likely not helpful unless you have the CD’s or DVD’s), as well as bundle packs (DVD’s with study guides).  Brandi and I just received a Bundle Pack on “Who is God, Exploring the Holy Spirit, and The Cross of Christ.”  We are going to go through them together.  Each topic is about 4.5 hours of teaching time, so we plan to take about an hour at a time.  Good stuff.  Check it out.


Can U Name This Song?

Posted: July 20, 2011 in Class Fun

In the past few years I have come to love contemporary Christian music.  I used to listen to talk radio, Rick and Bubba, and country music…that was it.  Now it is talk radio, Rick and Bubba, and Christian music.  Good stuff out there.  This song is one of Brandi’s favorites right now…can u name it from these lyrics….

I am the thorn in Your crown
But You love me anyway
I am the sweat from Your brow
But You love me anyway
I am the nail in Your wrist
But You love me anyway
I am Judas’ kiss
But You love me anyway
See now, I am the man who yelled out from the
crowd for Your blood to be spilled on this earth shaking

Can u name this song?  Bonus points for the artist as well?  Tell us what u like to listen to.  Any Rick and Bubba fans out there?????


Great Ministry Opportunity!!!!!

Posted: July 19, 2011 in Ministry

Eric Barb mentioned in class Sunday that about 150-200 international students arrive @ SEMO each year with just luggage.  Below is a great opportunity help them.  Let’s support Eric and Kelly in their ministry to students @ SEMO, as well as serve others.  See details below.

International Furniture Drive

When:  August 6, 2011        Where:  Lynwood Baptist Church         What Time: 8am – 12 pm

For questions call:  Kelso Hope: 636-208-0575 or Eric Barb: 573-578-6300

What we will take:

couches, living room chairs, kitchen tables, kitchen chairs, pots, pans, plates, bowls, silverware, matress/box springs

bed frames (small), stand-up lights, small desks

We will NOT take:

televisions, electric kitchen devices, torn/dirty furniture, sheets, pillows, knicknack items

We reserve the right to reject any furniture we do not see suitable for our use.

All unused furniture will be donated to Love Inc. and Teen Challenge.

Sponsored by:  SEMO Baptist Student Union, Lynwood Baptist Church, and Fruitland Community Church

Praise God!

Posted: July 18, 2011 in Community, news


As you know, we have prayed for my mom and dad’s salvation, and their marriage for several years.  Recently, mom was diagnosed with mutiple myeloma and has been spending a lot of time with us.  This has given us more opportunities to share the Gospel w/ her.  She has heard us pray before meals, do Bible Time with our kids, and just hear more about our faith.  We have had some good conversations about questions she has had about God, the Bible, etc…various people have sown seed.  Many have told her they were praying for her.

She has been with us all week while my dad was in Nashville.  He came to our house Thursday, and mom called him to tell him she wanted him to bring her some clothes that she could wear to church.  To be honest, wasn’t that sure she would go.  In the past, there have been many excuses for not going to church with us.  But she wanted to go today.  So I told her I would meet her outside at 10:20.  My dad dropped her off and we went into the service—just happy she was going to hear truth.  Not expecting much.

She sat during the songs—-understandable with a painful back.  Kevin preached on a gospelcentric life.  During the invitation, I prayed that my mom would be led to do something.  When we were asked to stand—my mom stood up.  I thought, “She is tired of sitting.”  I then asked God to forgive me for having so little faith.  She then looked at me and said, “Will you go with me?”—meaning will you go down front with me.  She is a very private person…and for her to go forward was HUGE.  I took her to Kevin, and she said, “I want to be a Christian.”  Kevin spoke w/ her….we prayed….and Linda Diemund counseled her after everyone left.

A woman who thought she was not worthy…who thought she had to earn salvation, now understands grace.

God has done so much in all of this….moving them from Ft. Wayne IN to Jackson TN, working it so her and my dad could stay extended periods of time with us, having her oncologist be here so that she could stay with us, having various people encourage her the past month or so, seeds being sown by a lot of people, and so much more.  Not to mention, the clothes that my dad brought her were black, and he forgot to bring her black shoes.  She came to church this morning with black clothes and navy shoes.  If you knew my mom, you would know that she would never do that!  Except the Holy Spirit has been working on her, and she was clearly being led to do this today.  Brandi and I had no idea she  was going to do this today.  God is so good.

Please continue to pray for her—that she would grow, find a church and serve God with all of her heart.  Also please pray for my dad.  He needs the Holy Spirit to blow over his heart as well.  He needs a second birth.

My mom enjoyed many of you saying something to her this morning.  She kept saying that Brandi and I have some great friends.  We love you all.